After performing in 500 cities across 24 countries globally, Japan’s Drum Tao recently returned to Manila for a four-day concert-performance held at the Kia Theater in Quezon City.
Retailer Daiso Japan sponsored the world-renowned Wadaiko drum and dance troupe’s return as part of its commitment to continue bringing Japanese culture closer to the hearts of Filipino consumers.
“Being a Japanese brand ourselves, we promote anything that allows Filipinos to appreciate and enjoy the colorful culture of the Land of the Rising Sun,” said Daiso Japan General Manage Katherine Yu. “Drum Tao reflects this in an extraordinary way with their unique brand of entertainment.”
Before their scheduled four-day dance concert, the group rendered a preview performance at Robinsons Magnolia also in Quezon City. The unique showcase of talent thrilled shoppers at the mall.
Drum Tao comprises of 45 performers and 16 highly-skilled Taiko drummers. Waidako or Japanese drums have long been part of Japan’s rich culture, where it usually figures significantly in rituals, festivals, and other forms of traditional performing arts.
This year, Drum Tao’s routine focuses on Samurai Drum Rock, a contemporary production inspired by traditional Japanese warriors with intricate costumes designed by fashion designer Junko Koshino. The group also adds circus elements—aerial stunts and elaborate props—to every performance.